It takes two seconds

Spread the love

for starting a conversation,
I
feel it
coursing through,
the rush of sugar
maneuvering my senses.

Come,
paint me a new horizon

it’s so practical to move on
and pretend
there was no argument.

A tattered journal and wearied smile,
it takes two seconds
to
figure out
that you have stayed
up all night.

My mind
is disrupted by the graze of your tongue,
the way the rain
leaves a lingering impression
on the damp dirt.

It takes two seconds
to figure
out truth was really a lie,
when you turn your face
towards
the shuddering sky.

 

Photo credits: Unsplash

Posted for “Poems in April” @ Real Toads

& on the “poetry pantry” @ Poets United 

Comments

  1. Kerry says:

    Two seconds to reach a certain realization.. one that has perhaps evaded consciousness for too long. This is such a meaningful piece, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  2. Marian says:

    Ahhhh. Perfectly obvious you’ve stayed up all night! I love this. Maybe the photo is influencing me but that cafe feel is really strong in this and I covet being there, having conversations like this after all-nighters, even if they’re tough ones.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Marian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  3. Wonderful piece of writing.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  4. Manicddaily says:

    Yikes. This describes those moments of epiphany so well, especially like the rain on dirt. Thanks. K.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Karin 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤️

  5. gillena says:

    Luv that rain on the dirt image, its just loaded with so much pondering Sanaa

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so good to see you ❤️

      much love…

  6. Ellecee says:

    This is lovely, and I feel melancholy,,”it takes two seconds” to change a life. Enjoyed your write very much.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ellecee 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  7. I love “Come paint me a new horizon” and that shuddering sky.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  8. A beautiful write, Sanaa!
    “it takes two seconds to figure out that you have stayed up all night” – so true .
    Love the way you have expressed the emotions.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Neeraj 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  9. sensational Sanaa – third verse my favourite

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh!❤️ Thank you so much, Laura 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  10. Julian says:

    Ah yes, two seconds such a short space of time, but can seem an eternity as the realization dawns….

    It takes two seconds to figure
    out truth was really a lie when
    you turn your face towards the
    shuddering sky.

    Well crafted, Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Julian 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  11. Pat says:

    I really love the third stanza – it just brings it all to a shuddering stop – 2 seconds held in the palm, a breath – which makes the proceeding and ending come together so neatly.
    wonderful piece Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Pat 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  12. Awesome! I love your third stanza.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  13. paul scribbles says:

    It took me two seconds to get this was a fabulous poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Paul 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  14. gillena says:

    “the way the rain
    leaves a lingering impression
    on the damp dirt.”

    Very potent imaging Sanaa. Thanks for dropping by my sumi-e Sunday today

    Much🖤love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so good to see you ❤️

      Much🌼🌻love

  15. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    There are those moments… those two seconds when everything changes. When realization hits you… so well described.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  16. Oh my goodness, those closing lines are so wonderful! I love that shuddering sky! Awesome work, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  17. Wow!
    My mind
    is disrupted by the graze of your tongue,
    the way the rain
    leaves a lingering impression
    on the damp dirt’.
    I really want to know what happened!.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (I dropped you a message 😉 )

  18. I agree this is such a meaningful poem…..it can takes us but two seconds sometimes to see a lifetime!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Donna ❤️

  19. Wendy Bourke says:

    Love it! This has a beautiful authentic quality to it – such that I imagined it being spoken aloud … in a murmur, when I read it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  20. My goodness, that last stanza! (you’ve been that to me quite often late). That last stanza makes a soul want to weep and rage at the same time. Powerful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  21. Chrissa says:

    The way this ends just gives me shivers. Those echoes of weariness in the preceding lines leapt into focus.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chrissa 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  22. Old Egg says:

    Whata beautiful but sad piece Sanaa. Love really hurts doesn’t it when it is stolen away?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Robin ❤️

  23. I love this. The second to last stanza especially knocks me out.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  24. ZQ says:

    That was nice!
    But, I would hate to be that “boyfriend” : )
    ZQ

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  25. Thotpurge says:

    the graze of your tongue,
    the way the rain
    leaves a lingering impression
    on the damp dirt… that is very well written Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  26. HA says:

    Ah, it really just takes that little a time to realize and make a decision. And these two seconds are often ignored, and their passing can leave a trace of a lingering sadness. So well put, Sanaa, in a very thoughtful and kind manner.
    I loved this bit: “Come,/paint me a new horizon/it’s so practical to move on/and pretend/there was no argument.” <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  27. Vivian Zems says:

    Loved this, Sanaa! The truth is always there to be seen if we care to look.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Vivian ❤️

  28. KB says:

    The mind can figure out a lot in two seconds. Enjoyed this one so much.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, KB 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

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